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Southwest New Mexico is a Bird Watching Paradise for All

Spring or Winter - Great Weather for Bird Watching

Whether Spring or Winter, for passionate year round bird watching enthusiasts, amateur ornithologists or just someone who loves birding in secluded riparian areas, New Mexico Cabin Rentals is one of many birding destinations with much to offer!  (see Bird Watching Check List on Double E Ranch). 

5000' elevation and situated along the southwestern edge of the Gila National Forest, your first birding stop is just outside your cabin door!  Explore our 360 acre private birding area along Bear Creek where 250 different indigenous and migratory species have been found at different times throughout the year.  At New Mexico Cabin Rentals and the nearby Gila National Forest region, the vegetation is extremely diverse.  Ranging from desert scrub and grassland in the Burro Mountains to 7000' woodland juniper, Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine, deep canyons and small areas of marsh, approximately 339 bird species have been recorded.   

The birding habitat areas listed below are an easy drive from your cabin when you vacation at New Mexico Cabin Rentals at Double E Ranch. For a summary of birding sites in each of these unique habitats, a great resource is the Southwest New Mexico Audubon's website.


Things to Bring Along:

  1. • Always wear long sleeves and a hat, carry sunscreen, water, bug repellent, a blanket, and shovel.   A small first aid and tool kit and spare tire in your car.
    • Check the gas level in your car.
    • Make sure the season is correct for the birding you want to do.
    • It's a good idea to make reservations in advance.
    • Do not enter private property without the owner’s permission.
  2. Pay attention to weather in every season!  The summer thunderstorms, sudden spring winds and winter snowstorms can happen. Carry and drink plenty of water.
  3. Safety:
    • New Mexico’s altitude is high and dry.  You may experience shortness of breath or other symptoms of altitude acclimation.
    • Black bears and mountain lions are fairly common, however, it is unlikely that you will encounter them. If you do come in contact with them, use common sense.  Suggestions: do not run, stand upright, wave your arms in the air slowly and back away slowly. It is not recommended you touch or feed any animals while birding.

Click here for a list of some of the more popular bird watching areas near New Mexico Cabin Rentals:


Bird Check List at New Mexico Cabin Rentals

Recent Birding Report

Map of Birding Areas in Gila Forest Area

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